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  • Clara Latham

    Assistant Professor of Music Technology


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    Clara Latham


    Clara Latham's research and creative practice focus on the relationship between sound, technology, sexuality, and the body. She has published articles in Sound Studies, Women & Music, Contemporary Modern European History, the Opera Quarterly, and the edited volume Sound, Music, Affect: Theorizing Sonic Experience. She is currently working on a monograph about gender and sound reproduction in electronic music, provisionally titled Gendered Labor and the Electronic Musical Imaginary. Her opera-drama about the birth of psychoanalysis, Bertha the Mom, was supported by the American Composers Forum and premiered at Roulette Intermedium in 2018. She fronts the psychedelic prog rock bands Starring and New Pope. She taught at Dartmouth and MIT before joining the Lang faculty in 2018. www.claralatham.com

    Degrees Held

    B.Mus in composition, Oberlin Conservatory, 2004.

    Ph.D. in music, New York University, 2015.  

    Recent Publications

    “Unboxing timbre in the Behringer model D Synthesizer”, Sound Studies. An Interdisciplinary Journal, (5:2), 2019.

    “How Many Voices Can She Have? Destabilizing Gender and Sexuality in Lulu”, Special issue on voice, edited by Emily Dolan, Opera Quarterly; Opera Quarterly (32:3), 2018.

    “Listening to Modernism” review essay Contemporary European History: (26:2), 2017.

    “Introduction”, The Limits of Hearing: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on Vocal Materiality and Expression, edited by Clara Latham and J. Martin Daughtry, Music and Politics 9 (Summer, 2016).

    “Rethinking the Intimacy of Voice and Ear: Hypnosis and Genital Massage in the Treatment of Hysteria”

    Women and Music: A Journal of Gender and Culture 19, 2015.

    “Listening to the Talking Cure: Sprechstimme, Hypnosis, and the Sonic organization of affect” in Sound, music, affect: theorizing sonic experience, edited by Ian Biddle and Marie Thompson, Continuum press, 2013.

    Research Interests

    Electronic popular music, gender, queer studies, science and technology studies. 

    Awards And Honors

    Robert L. Heilbroner Center for Capitalism Studies fellowship, 2021 - 2022

    Akademie Schloss Solitude Residency Fellowship (music and sound), May – December 2020

    Derek Bok Certificate of Distinction in Teaching, Harvard University, Spring 2017

    DAAD Faculty Summer Seminar in German Studies, 2017

    Case Western Reserve University Research Fellowship to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Archive, 2016

    American Composers Forum JFund Awrd for New Music, Fall 2015

    Woodrow Wilson Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies, 2014

    Millay Artist in Residence, September 2013

    NYU Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship, 2012 - 2013

    Mellon Fellowship on the Problem of Translation, NYU Comparative Literature, Summer 2012

    Future Courses

    Contemporary Music: Tech
    LMUS 2053, Fall 2024

    DJ Skills Practice Session
    LMUS 2026, Fall 2024

    Music and Math
    LINA 2077, Fall 2024

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